On October 29 2014, One hundred twenty cadets of Batch Magiting held their Recognition Rites outside Aznar Coliseum of Southwestern University. Led by Cadet Commander Bacho, parents and friends witnessed the celebration of a triumphant milestone in the young men’s lives.
SMFI faculty and staff, SWU Chairman Ms. Maris Holopainen, chairman of SMFI, Mr. Andrew Aznar, and his wife, SMFI President, Mrs. Gina Aznar, benefactor Dr. Uwe Rameken and partner shipping company representatives attended the event. Also in attendance was Mr. Miguel Rivera, President of OSTE shipping and the keynote speaker for the ceremony. Academic awards were given out to the top 15 of the 50 marine transportation cadets as well as to the top 15 of the 70 marine engineering cadets with Cadet Sidney Figues being awarded top honors for Marine Transportation and Cadet Benny Mariel Tinapay for Marine Engineering.
On the evening of the same day, everyone gathered at the Grand Convention Center in Cebu City for the Graduation Ball. Heartfelt speeches and words of encouragement were shared by parents and faculty to the new graduates. With laughter and dancing all around, the night concluded with high spirits and excitement for the future.